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Horse Riding

Horse Riding Near Your Costa de la Luz & Algarve Property

In Andalucia it is still possible to ride through the most unimaginable scenery for several days without meeting traffic.

For example you can follow the pilgrim paths to El Rocío, staying at ancient cortijos (very well preserved country manor houses full of old-world charm).

You can ride around the environs of the Doñana National Park with its forests of pine, eucalyptus and cork oaks; beaches and dunes, and salt marshes where thousands of birds come to spend the winter.

You can ride on sand tracks and ancient bridle paths. A trip to El Rocío, named the International village of the horse, is a must. All the houses have stables and all the streets are sand tracks. At the time of the annual pilgrimage, this village hosts thousands of horses. A unique experience!

Andalusian crosses (Hispano Arab or Hispano-anglo-arab) are the horses mostly used by the locals to work the cattle and are also used for visitors. The Spanish Andalusian horse is of medium size normally weighting about 500kg and about 1,60m high (15.7 hands). They are spirited, strong and of unquestionable courage. Against that they are very obedient and easy to handle. The Andalusian horse possesses, through inheritance, a measured and balanced command of its movements and it is a delight to ride. The tack is Spanish Vaquera saddle (Spanish working saddle) or English saddle. However riding hats are not typically provided and so you should bring your own.

The horses have been carefully bred and trained and the pace can easily be suited to the rider's ability. It is not necessary to be an expert rider but it is essential that you have trail riding experience, can easily manage a horse at all paces and be familiar and comfortable handling a horse on a variety of ground. The pace of the rides varies, but they normally include walking, trotting, cantering and galloping depending on the terrain.

You could spend on average 5-6 hours in the saddle a day.